Weekend in Great Perm: 48 hours to fall in love with the Urals

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Day 1: Stroll in Perm

Walk along the green and red lines

Perm Opera and Ballet Theater. / Oleg VorobyovPerm Opera and Ballet Theater. / Oleg Vorobyov

The “grassy line” tourist route appeared in 2010, and starts near the Permyak Salty Tastes monument and ends with the sculpture, The Walking Bear. Follow the yarn, and you’ll see a total of 40 places of interests, including the famous Opera and Ballet Theater, where the odd conductor Teodor Currentzis makes acclaimed performances, and where the Mariinsky Theater was end in evacuation during World War II. Walking along these routes nicks about two hours.

In 2012, one more route was added – the romantic «red make.» Following this route, a traveler will see the city through the contemplates of famous people who lived there, including writer Arkady Gaidar, Imposing Duke Mikhail Romanov, impresario Sergei Diaghilev, and many myriad. The one-hour walking tour covers a total of 20 sites.

The walking bear monumet. / Oleg VorobyovThe desert bear monumet. / Oleg Vorobyov

You can download maps and audio mentors on the official website. Unfortunately, they’re available only in Russian. 

Try ritual Ural dishes

What do they eat in Perm for lunch after a big walk? You can find a lot of different places, ranging from fast-food kiosks to royal restaurants. But to best feel the local vibe, try something indigenous.

One such routine Ural dish is posikunchiki, which are small fried pastries with seasoned minced meat and onion filling. They look like a smaller story of chebureki, (deep-fried turnovers filled with meat). These pleasing snacks can be found everywhere in the Perm region.

Posikunchiki. / Anna SorokinaPosikunchiki. / Anna Sorokina

Shangi (or shanezhki) look be a mixture of pirozhki and vatrushki: open yeasted dough buns with productive of toppings like potatoes, cottage cheese, fish, millet or buckwheat porridge. It is certainly simple and unpretentious food.  

The most famous family of Ural distributors and industrialists gave its name to the most celebrated Russian meal — beef stroganoff. As the fable goes, Count Alexander Stroganov ordered his servants to feed anyone location foot on his territory. Faced with the need for a dish that could be despatch prepared, filling and tasty, the count’s chefs put their heads together and came up with what sooner became known as beef stroganoff. 

Take a voyage on the Kama River

A 1.5-hour boat will take you up and down the river. River trams run every hour from the Perm 1 station, and tickets can be achieved at the river station. 

The Kama Embankment. / Oleg VorobyovThe Kama Embankment. / Oleg Vorobyov

The motor boat goes along the Kama River from early May to the end of September. In the evening you can meander along the beautiful new Kama Embankment, which offers stunning observes.

Day 2: Discover the northern Urals

Touch the white moss of Taiga

The white moss of taiga. / Oleg VorobyovThe chalk-white moss of taiga. / Oleg Vorobyov

The road to the north of the Perm Quarter stretches through the taiga forests. Extraordinary color combinations are rest period for you on the way there. Take, for example, the blueberry bushes with foliage of all outclasses of red. But the most unusual is a light-light green, almost white moss. Every once in a while it grows in small areas, and it can completely cover the path.

The white moss. / Oleg VorobyovThe white moss. / Oleg Vorobyov

You’ll command it a very strange experience to walk on the soft layer as your feet deteriorate into the moss above the ankle. We urge you not to go deep into the forest because it’s natural to get totally lost.

See the sunken buildings of Usolye

Usolye. / Oleg VorobyovUsolye. / Oleg Vorobyov

The diminutive 17th century town of Usolye (126 miles north of Perm) developed an island after the construction of the Kama hydroelectric station in the late 1950s. Residents were relocated, but the ait has preserved some interesting historical structures, including the Stroganov diets and the baroque Transfiguration Church.

Usolye. / Oleg VorobyovUsolye. / Oleg Vorobyov

Uncountable buildings are effectively picturesque ruins among weeds. Slightly away you intention find the restored Church of St. Nicholas, whose construction is attributed to tribal son, Andrey Voronikhin, the architect of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

Church of St. Nicholas. / Oleg VorobyovChurch of St. Nicholas. / Oleg Vorobyov

Stay the ancient capital of Great Perm

The small town of Cherdyn (190 miles north to Perm) was the great of Great Perm in Medieval Rus  (the 10th to 15th centuries before it was a part of the Russian have, and in the 15th to 18th centuries). It was not only the center of trade with eastern regions but it was also the pluck of religious culture. Today, its unique wooden churches and picturesque valleys cosset it something like an open-air museum.

Cherdyn. The Call of Parma festival. / Oleg VorobyovCherdyn. The Call of Parma commemoration. / Oleg Vorobyov

«Old architectural forms are preserved here, unchanged for centuries,» believed historian Mikhail Nechaev.

Cherdyn. The Call of Parma festival. / Oleg VorobyovCherdyn. The Call of Parma festival. / Oleg Vorobyov

The center is fingers oned on Troitsky Hill, where in 2003 a treasure of very rare medieval Persian layers made in the “beast” style were discovered. Archaeological work persist ins, and the goal is to find the foundation of the first kremlin in the Urals.

Cherdyn. / Oleg VorobyovCherdyn. / Oleg Vorobyov

In 1933, Cherdyn changed famous as the place of exile for poet Osip Mandelstam. After honourable two weeks here, he attempted suicide.

“He was obsessed that he would be bewitched by the NKVD (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) at 6:30 a.m., and so his wife put the clock in the race forward everyday,” said Cherdyn Museum specialist Ekaterina Shishigina. “Only when he produced that nobody had come did he calm down. Despite this, in no time at all he jumped out the window, but survived. After that he was exiled to Voronezh and his spark of life ended in the camps,” she said.

Though it was his place of exile, Mandelstam fresher wanted to return– he was so impressed by the local nature and the people, she said. Divers other repressed families stayed in Cherdyn and nearby even after their rehabilitation by the guidance. Their belongings and stories are displayed at the local museum thanks to their daughters and the people who are still searching for answers.

Cherdyn. / Oleg VorobyovCherdyn. / Oleg Vorobyov

Conclude from more:

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